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So what is snuff?
Snuff Maker Reportedly Settles Case

So what is snuff?

It is actually tobacco which has been ground into a fine powder.

It can be scented with natural oils, including smells such as attar of roses, cinnamon and mint - and there are some extraordinary flavours such as whisky, wild mint and camphor.

Advice from the Wilsons website says: "A little perseverance may be required to acquire the habit but the stimulating effect, subtly different to that of smoking tobacco, can be found to be equally satisfying whilst avoiding the known risk of smoking."

Perseverance indeed. To take it, the aficionado takes a pinch of snuff between thumb and finger and - there is no other way to describe it - inserts it up the nose.

A short, sharp sniff will send the tingling powder careering up the naval passages.

The advice from the experts is that you will sneeze at first but take another two pinches within the next half hour and the desire to sneeze will go - and the "indefinable lift" will follow.

But what's it like?

JJ Fox & Robert Lewis is a venerable tobacconist in the heart of London. Its main business is cigars but it does sell some snuff.

Hardly glamorous...

My two purchases come to a dizzying £1.60 - and that is enough snuff to last a serious user for a while.

Manager Paul Bielby advises me the Chinese used to take snuff from a small spoon.

I decided to try Red Bull - a strong menthol-scented snuff - and Ozona Raspberry snuff by tapping a little onto the back of my hand.

As the soft brown powder hits the air, the scent of menthol rises strongly. I take a firm pinch as recommended and sniff hard.

The scent rushes up my nose and the menthol immediately clears my head. I really do get that rush of nicotine you get with a cigarette - but this feels a bit more intense, as if my senses were sharpened.

Unfortunately the raspberry flavour does not go down so well. The smell is sickly and it does not give quite the same pleasure.

But my attempt to peddle it to London's smokers is not successful. Everyone I approached turned down the offer of a free pinch.

Chef Peter Sawers, 37, says his grandfather used to take snuff and he tried it once - but never again. "I could see people taking it up," he says.

Aymone Faust, a 32-year-old sales assistant, says she would be keen to give up cigarettes.

She admits: "I'd try it, maybe at home though. I wouldn't be embarrassed about trying it in the pub. I'd feel healthier than smoking more cigarettes."

To be honest, it looks as stupid as snorting cocaine.

Smoking, as every Hollywood director will tell you, still has an indefinable air of cool about it. Sticking a load of powder up your nose is hardly glamorous.

But it is heady, inexpensive and just a little bit eccentric. It could well catch on.

Snuff Maker Reportedly Settles Case

The nation's largest smokeless tobacco company has settled a lawsuit by a former customer who contracted tongue cancer, marking what could be the first time a tobacco firm has agreed to pay an individual for injuries allegedly caused by its products.

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